5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Consumption of Lead in Drinking Water

We’ve seen many reports in the media in recent years about lead poisoning in drinking water supplies. Ingesting lead over prolonged periods of time can have serious health consequences in a variety of different ways. It seems natural then that most people would want to reduce the levels of lead contained in their drinking water. Here are five practical steps that you can take to address any fears that you may have about lead in your water supply.

1. Stay Calm:5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Consumption of Lead in Drinking Water

Many people start to panic when they hear reports about lead in drinking water supplies. It is true that lead poisoning is a serious issue, but the worst effects take place over long periods of time in adults. If you have younger children or senior citizens in the home, they are more sensitive to the effects of lead contaminants, and the problem will need to be tackled quickly.

2. Get Your Water Tested:

It may well be the case that you’re getting worried about an issue that doesn’t affect you at all. The best way to find out about the composition of your water is to get a laboratory test carried out. There are water testing kits available for sale, and while they are cheaper, the results will not be as accurate. A water test will highlight how you may be able to improve the quality of your water or put your mind at rest that everything is fine.

3. Understand Lead Contaminants:

In the past, lead was used in numerous products, but now it’s understood to be a toxic metal that can harm human health when ingested or inhaled. Lead exposure can take place in a variety of different ways, but in this piece, we will focus on lead contaminants in water. Lead in our water often gets there due to corrosion in older lead water pipes, and it’s estimated that 10%-20% of lead exposure in children is from lead contaminated water. Lead can cause a range of health related problems, including neurological disorders, biochemical changes, and toxic effects.

4. Address Immediate Concerns:

There are a number of short term things that you can do immediately to nullify the problems related to lead in your drinking water. Firstly, always flush out your cold water pipes for at least 30 seconds before you drink any water from your faucets. This will get rid of any lead deposits that have been sitting in your pipes overnight and reduce the amount of lead in the water. Secondly, only ever use cold water for cooking (especially when preparing baby formula) and drinking as the hot water pipes are more likely to contain higher concentrations of lead. These two actions are a short term measure, and a long term solution will be needed.

5. Seek Local Professional Advice:

Many people are taking advantage of advances in water treatment technologies that can handle a wide variety of water quality problems. To fix the problem of lead in your water supply, it may be necessary to have plumbing work carried out and/or install a water filtration system that can effectively remove lead contaminants. A local water treatment specialist will be able to offer advice on how to proceed and will understand the water quality issues relevant to your geographical location.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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